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Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center
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- Kids power up their imaginations and build coordination skills as they drill chunky, kid-sized bolts into a sturdy activity board
- Builds coordination, creative thinking skills, and fine motor skills—a critical pre-handwriting skill
- Includes 120 chunky plastic bolts, reversible power drill, screwdriver, combination wrench, 2 drill bits, and 20 easy-to-follow design activity cards
- Kids can re-create the pictures found in the Activity Guide or create their own original designs
- Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award, Parents' Choice Recommended Award, National Association of Parenting Publication Award, and many more
- Supports STEM learning—manipulative play helps enhance physical dexterity and hand-eye coordination
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Design & Drill Activity Center
Get ready to engineer some serious fun with the Design & Drill Activity Center by Educational Insights. Kids power up their imaginations, build coordination, and creative thinking skills as they drill chunky, child-sized components into this award-winning sturdy activity board. Little ones love following the colorful activity cards to create pictures and patterns—from trains and boats to flowers and fish. Young builders can drill their very own designs or follow the templates to create their next masterpiece! Just snap any one of the drill bits into the power drill or the screwdriver handle, grab a handful of bolts, and turn on the learning fun!
- Advances hand-eye coordination, matching, patterning, and problem-solving skills.
- Builds construction and fine motor skills.
- Enhances artistic creativity.
- Perfect for STEM learning in engineering.
- National Association of Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA).
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award.
- Family Fun Magazine - Toy of the Year Awards Finalist.
- Canadian Toy Testing Council 3 Star Seal.
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award.
- iParenting Media Award Toys and Games.
- Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Award.
- Parents' Choice Recommended Award.
- Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Award - For the Family.
Introduce your little builders to STEM development with basic engineering, construction play, pattern play, and early math instruction.
Design and Drill Activity Guide pattern template helps kids develop mathematical reasoning, problem solving, and basic algebraic thinking.
Drilling and designing helps develop the coordination of small muscle movements and enhance dexterity in little ones.
Built just for little hands, the Design and Drill power tools are a safe introduction to engineering and construction.
Children love using Design & Drill to create their very own designs or following the included patterns to make specific pictures. Just snap any one of the drill bits into the power drill or screwdriver, grab a handful of big bolts and power up the creative fun! Includes power drill, wrench, screwdriver, 120 big bolts in 5 colors, 3 bits (Phillips, socket, flathead) and 20 colorful pattern cards to follow. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included). Ages 3+.
From the Manufacturer
Children love using the Design and Drill Activity Center to create their own designs, or following the set's activity cards to make pictures and patterns, from trains and boats to flowers and fish. Just snap any one of the drill bits into the power drill
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My 3-year-old daughter was DYING for a turn, and she loves to use it as well. Surprisingly, even my 19-month-old daughter can join in with her older siblings...she puts the pegs into the holes for them.
It's great for their fine motor skills...getting the drill bit in the right spot is a little tricky for small hands. There are also hand tools which are good practice for the little ones, too. I also use it to practice turn-taking with the 3 and 5 year olds...each gets to drill a certain number of pegs and then has to trade the drill with their sibling.
And it is FUN! My kids like just filling up the whole board, but I think after we've had it for awhile (it's only been 2 weeks) we can start using some of the patterns. Great idea to extend the life of the toy.
This toy seems really durable, has lots of play options (pattern or freestyle, different drill bits, power tool or hand tool), is educational AND fun. And rarely do I find a toy that all three of my kids can sit around at the same time and play with...but they do with this one! Highly recommended!
We have had this toy for three years and it is STILL one of the most popular toys in our house. My kids are now 7, 6, and 4, and all will still play with this one. I do rotate it so they don't see it for a couple months and then when it comes back out they are all fighting over who gets it next. One thing I find interesting is that none of them have ever been interested in making the pictures...they just love to use the drill and get those pegs in!
Note: Returning this item is not automatic as with most products on Amazon. The store has to review the reason for the return and then issue an approval.
Updated to say I am happy to report the drill was promptly replaced. For me now this is a five star!
"Santa" gave this toy to her. She was beaming with joy to see she now has drill of her own. She absolutely loves to designs on her own or the one's came with the box.
This toy really keeps her busy for a couple of hrs. The drill is easy to use - it goes forward as well as reserve.
The set comes with Drill, plastic screws and a board to screw the screws to make designs. It also comes with screw driver, couple variety of drill bits & a range.
If your toddler is into fixing stuff, this set would make a perfect gift.
Our 4 year old had a great time using the activity sheets to follow and then created his own designs. It took him a little practice not to over-screw the bolts with the power drill. He loves the power drill the most and being able to switch out the bits. You can screw the bolt and then switch to reverse to take out the bolts also using the power drill.
Negatives for this toy it was a bit pricey and the age range would be 3-4 as older kids would easily get bored unless there were more activity sheets included.
The power drill is a good size and pretty light, so it is easier for him to handle than one we have from another tool set. The screwdriver is actually his favorite tool; I taught him righty tighty, left loosey, which he thinks is pretty hilarious. The wrench hasn't gotten much use, but I appreciate that the set has several options.
The clear base and colorful plastic bolts add to the appeal of this set. However, I do wish that the pattern cards slid into the base or were secured somehow. My son will sometimes push or pick up the base while he's playing, and since the pattern card just sits under the base, it has to be realigned.
* Note: I received this product for free, but opinions are 100% my own.
This toy is great for hand eye coordination. It's. Fun to practice drilling in and removing the screws. It also comes with pattern cards - you cannot lose any of the screws though. In your set, you have just enough to complete the pattern cards and no extras.
Included on my review is a picture of how to get everything back in the box. The screw board has to be upside down.